AMAR KRISHNA VYAS (Jodhpur, Rajasthan)|
I was born on 23rd
Feb. 1923 in Naguar, Rajasthan. Our family was that of the Purohits. My father
was an Arya Samajist, and as such we were exposed to progressive reform and
nationalist views since childhood. We later shifted to Jodhpur, which was one
of the important centers of political and anti-princely state activities.
participated in various political activities at an young age. I went to jail
in individual satyagraha in Ajmer. I also took part in 1942 movement. I was in
jail for nearly two years. In fact, I had to surrender myself because many
people in jail were being tortured to extract my name.
jail, I came in contact with famous leaders ofPraja Mandal, Ike the well-known
Jai Narian Vyas and others. Later on, I became the office secretary of the All
India States’ Peoples Conference in Allahabad.
came into contact with the TU work via the activities amoung the Harijans. G
enerally, high caste people hesitated working amoung untouchables. A Harijan
Union was founded in December 1946. The Railway Union was of great help in our
activities. A number of sweepers’ and class IV employees’ strikes were
organised at that time. As a result a Grade Revision Advisory C ommittee was
also formed, of which I was a member.
worked in stone quarry works. They went on a long strike. I also worked amoung
PWD, electricity, municipal, railway, etc works. I organised the postal
employees, and was the General Secretary of the Postal Workers Union of
worked actively amoung the railwy workers. I came in contact with the Royists
and later was in the Hind Mazdoor Panchayat of George Femandes. I was active
in Marwar Lok Parishad and the Adivasis. I organised the shop-assistants (Gumashtas),
and even the employees of the Royal Household. I also organised the domestic
servants. I had also organised Rajasthan Non-Gazetted Police Karamachari Sangh.
have been basically a socialist, but have never been comfortable with their
leadership and organisation. I have travelled through HMP, HMKP, HMS etc. But
HMS has not served the workers properly.
I am busy organising Socialist Party (Lohia) and its labour wing.